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HP StoreSystem: New converged system combines 3PAR, StoreOnce

HP's new StoreSystem converged system combines 3PAR StoreServ storage and software with StoreOnce deduplication.

Hewlett-Packard is packaging its flagship 3PAR StoreServ storage arrays with its StoreOnce data deduplication backup software into a new converged platform. HP today also launched two new StoreVirtual iSCSI storage systems.

The HP StoreSystem is a converged system that includes HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and software with StoreOnce backup software. The system software includes replication, data optimization, reporting, security suites and application suites for VMware.

The StoreSystem 7200 comes in four configurations and the StoreSystem 7400 comes in three configurations. They ship pre-racked from the factory for rapid deployment.

StoreServ, based on HP's $2.4 billion acquisition of 3PAR in 2010, is the vendor's best-selling array and ranges from the lower midrange into the enterprise. The StoreSystem platform extends the reach of StoreOnce, which is also available with HP disk libraries and its Data Protect backup software.

HP also extended the StoreVirtual iSCSI SAN platform based on its $360 million 2008 LeftHand Networks acquisition.

The HP StoreVirtual 4530 and 4570 are bundled with HP ProLiant Gen8 servers. They are larger capacity systems than the 4130 and 4330, which HP rolled out in November 2012.

HP also sells StoreVirtual as a virtual storage appliance (VSA). Craig Nunes, vice president of marketing for HP storage, said the systems packaged with ProLiant servers are easier for channel partners to sell and deploy.

"StoreVirtual is deployed two ways: as a VSA or [as a] converged appliance bundled with ProLiant," he said. "Our partners sell loads of ProLiants, so when they are talking to a ProLiant customer this is a simple story. The products are simple and all include a software feature set. It's one SKU and one price."

The 4530 supports 3 TB midline SAS drives in 12 slots for 36 TB per node, and can scale up to a 16-node cluster. The 4730 holds 25 900 GB 2.50-inch SAS drives for 22.5 TB per node.

The 4530 and 4730 replace the 4500, which came in a 24 TB capacity configuration and a 7 TB configuration for performance.

The HP StoreSystem is priced at $171,000, including hardware, software, support and installation.

The StoreVirtual Storage 4530 has a starting price of $28,000 and the 4730 has a starting price of $48,000. The products will be available next month.

James Bagley, senior analyst at Storage Strategies Now, said this HP product roll is targeted specifically for the channel to take on Dell in the SMB and midrange markets.

"These are products only the channel can sell," Bagley said. "They don't have to go through the HP rigmarole where they have to specify [a] bunch of different components to build a system. There is nothing in the way of new technology that has not been announced before. The channel is the only way organizations like HP will get to the midmarket."

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